|Alyson Warhurst: Risk mapper - PopTech|
Alyson Warhurst is CEO and founder of the risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft, the leading source of extra-financial risk intelligence for the world's largest multinational corporations, asset managers and governments. "We can really start telling a story in terms of predicting risk in the future...We are actually able to engage in policy change to be able to shape the future growth environment and prevent disaster."
|Didier Sornette: Predicting risk - PopTech|
Didier Sornette is a professor of entrepreneurial risks in Zurich. He explores data patterns to help predict crises and extreme events in complex systems, like global financial crises.
|Vidir Reynisson: Iceland's disaster response - PopTech|
Vidir Reynisson, head of the National Commission of Icelandic Police, coordinates the country's response to natural disasters, including the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and oversees the country's search and rescue teams. Iceland has developed a nimble crisis management model. "With all disasters, with all crises, comes opportunity."
|Peter Kareiva is upbeat on the environment - PopTech|
Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Kareiva is often noted for his emphasis on nature's resiliency, rather than its impending doom. "Totally unnecessarily we get into a conversation where it is farmers versus conservation, where it is loggers versus conservation, where it is fishermen versus conservation."
|Mohammed Rezwan: Floating schools - PopTech|
Climate change is exacerbating flooding in waterlogged Bangladesh. Already, hundreds of schools get wiped out during the monsoon season. Mohammed Rezwan builds floating schools, healthcare facilities and libraries. "If 20 percent of the land goes under water, which may happen in the next 10 to 20 years, where will these people go? We don't have enough space, enough land. People have to live on the water in some way."
|Laurie Leitch and Loree Sutton: Tapping social resilience - PopTech|
Retired Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, MD and clinical trainer Laurie Leitch, Ph.D., founded Threshold GlobalWorks to explore a neurobiological approach to social resilience. "We are all wired with it, in case you did not know that," says Leitch. "We are born neurologically wired for resilience because our system is survival-based."
|Yossi Sheffi: The resilient enterprise - PopTech|
Yossi Sheffi explores the various flavors of redundancy, simplicity, flexibility and communications strategies businesses employ to make themselves resilient. "These are the most dangerous things; the things that have severe consequence and low probability...These are the events one worries about when one has to run a large organization."
|Dean Karlan: Poverty measures - PopTech|
Dean Karlan is President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems, and works to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. He is a Professor of Economics at Yale University. "There are some problems that we can solve. But we have to be pragmatic about it and figure out what is actually working and what is not."
|Eiríkur Hrafnsson: Iceland’s start-up scene - PopTech|
Eirikur Hrafnsson calls his new company, Green Qloud, the world's first green cloud computing company, bucking a frightening trend. " It is not far-fetched to imagine that in 30 or 40 years, 50 percent of our energy will be spent on IT."
|George Bonanno: Measuring human resilience - PopTech|
George Bonanno, a professor of clinical psychology, mines massive data sets for surprising revelations about how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity. "There isn't one thing that predicts resilience. It's not two things. It is not necessarily in us."
|Vicki Arroyo on climate disasters - PopTech|
Vicki Arroyo is the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center. She studies preparedness and resiliency with respect to climate-related catastrophes. "Traditional models of who is in charge in a disaster do not necessarily operate when you have a real disaster."
|Kelly Benoit-Bird: Marine acoustics - PopTech|
Kelly Benoit-Bird, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, applies acoustics to the study of ecosystems in the open ocean. "When we look more deeply at the ocean, we are given new insights on how we interact with that ocean, and what we can do to effectively protect it."
|Andri Magnason: Questioning growth - PopTech|
Andri Magnason is an Icelandic writer who co-directed the documentary film Dreamland, about a massive industrial project in Iceland that exposed some ugly truths about politics, industry and so-called green energy. He studies what seem like cycles of endless growth simply for growth's sake. "I was wondering about how rational we are as humans. Where does this come from? Where does this need, this addiction come from?"
|Kari Stefansson: Decoding genetics - PopTech|
Dr. Kari Stefansson is recognized as a leading figure in human genetics who studies the fuzzy relationship between genetic mutations and environmental factors. "Where is the line of distinction between nature and nurture? Where is the line of distinction between genes and environment? It really doesn't exist."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Biology; Evolution; PopTech iceland 2012
|Margret Pala: Educating children differently - PopTech|
Margret Pala is a preschool management specialist in Iceland who advocates sex-segregated classes, natural play material instead of conventional toys, and a long-forgotten belief in discipline to develop optimism, courage, and resiliency in young children. "Feel the cold! I even take them into the snow -- and then the lava. Scream a little bit! But continue! And enjoy it!"
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Culture; Education; PopTech iceland 2012; Youth
|Simonetta Carbonaro: Liquid societies - PopTech|
Consumer psychologist Simonetta Carbonaro implores us to think differently about consumption. A consumer-hungry outlook for cheaper and faster has gotten old. We now know that consuming and producing less, in fact, creates more jobs, more free time, and more happiness.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; PopTech iceland 2012; Resilience; Community; Culture; Design; Psychology; Sustainability
|Steve Lansing: Bali's water temples - PopTech|
Steve Lansing, a senior fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, discusses the Byzantine system for the distribution of water from a volcanic lake in Bali to over two hundred farming villages. It's worked since the 12th century, it's egalitarian and it's still-sustainable. "It's one of the few functioning, ancient democratic institutions that we know about. It's kind of beautiful."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Culture; Democracy; Engineering; Governance; PopTech iceland 2012; Sustainability; Water
|Judith Rodin: Why resilience - PopTech|
Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, explores how resiliency can empower even the most destitute and vulnerable communities. "When the World Bank was planning to invest $100 million dollars in upgrading the slums in Nairobi, these slum-dweller leaders were represented at the table."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Business; Community; PopTech iceland 2012; Resilience
|John Thackara: The end of endless growth - PopTech|
Social critic John Thackara argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day. "I am a proper tree hugger, as well as a lichen hugger."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; DIY; Energy; PopTech iceland 2012; Urbanization
|amiina: Mixing it up, Iceland style - PopTech|
Icelandic five-piece band amiina takes the PopTech stage with a glockenspiel, a musical saw, a couple of violins, drums, and a laptop. They got their start as the string section for the legendary Sigur Ros and have gone on to play complex music that's sweetly innocent.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech Iceland; 2012
|Eben Upton: Raspberry Pi - PopTech|
Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, shows how he is hooking a new generation of kids on computer programming. "I remember sitting down with my wife for dinner...and we had this sudden, appalling realization that we had promised 600,000 people that we would build them a $25 dollar computer."
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; DIY; Emerging technology; PopTech iceland 2012; Robotics; Sustainability; Youth
|Andri Magnason: Iceland, human experiment - PopTech|
From the Icelandic food store chain, Bonus, to the midnight sun, everyday Iceland inspires activist poet Andri Magnason. His poetry and children's books reflect his deep connection to his homeland as does the way he's schooled himself--and the public--on preserving Iceland's beauty and natural resources.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Activism; Environment; Language; Literature; Poetry; PopTech iceland 2012
|Tim Harford: Preventing financial meltdowns - PopTech|
Economic commentator and author Tim Harford presented a creative, challenging perspective on financial systems, drawing upon examples from oil rig explosions to nuclear disasters to make his point. He believes that by studying the triggers of major engineering accidents, we can draw lessons on how to help prevent crises in the financial world.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Big systems; Business; Economics; Finance; Governance; Journalism; PopTech iceland 2012; Resilience
|Silja Ómarsdóttir: Iceland’s constitution co-author - PopTech|
Silja Omarsdottir was one of 25 people tapped to rewrite Iceland's constitution after the country's financial meltdown in 2008. She details how the citizens of Iceland reacted to the bank collapse and the eventual response from the government, which included updating the country's constitution. Omarsdottir explains the constitution creation process and what it meant to overhaul the constitution, with considerable public input, in four months.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Governance; Law; Politics; PopTech iceland 2012
|Joy Reidenberg: Weird whales - PopTech|
In her talk, "Why Whales are Weird," energetic, articulate anatomist Joy Reidenberg presented an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don't actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She took us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Biology; Evolution; Ocean; PopTech iceland 2012
|Tony Orrico: Choreography’s shape on paper - PopTech|
Tony Orrico, visual artist, performer, and choreographer, uses his own body to inscribe geometries on paper. Through physically exhausting performances involving highly choreographed motions, Orrico explores line and shape with his actual body, creating works of visual art that record his own motion.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Art; Play
|Lisa Gansky: The Future is Sharing - PopTech|
Technology entrepreneur Lisa Gansky believes that the growing ubiquity of networked information and relationships are leading to what she calls a "mesh" economy of shared services and products. This "meshiness" not only rewards sharing over ownership, but it is also fundamentally changing our relationship with things from product to experience.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Culture; Design; Innovation; Entrepreneur; Economics; PopTech 2010
|Dominic Muren's Humblefactory - PopTech|
Dominic Muren's organization, The Humblefactory, champions "makers," craftspeople who make up the cottage industries of the world. His online platform helps empower these makers, linking them up with markets through co-manufacturing and product design strategy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Technology; Entrepreneur; DIY; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|David Eagleman on Possibilianism - PopTech|
Neuroscientist and best-selling author David Eagleman introduces the concept of Possibilianism, a new philosophy that simultaneously embraces a scientific toolbox while exploring new, unconsidered uncertainties about the world around us.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2010; Psychology; Neuroscience; Mind
|Megan Mukuria: Keep girls in school - PopTech|
What causes African girls to miss up to 1.5 months of school each year? By providing access to sanitary pads, ZanaAfrica, founded by Megan Mukuria, is giving girls the freedom and self-confidence to stay in school, while also connecting the community of young women through an online forum that allows them to share information via social media.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Health; Culture; Education; Fellows; Africa; Community; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows
|George Church: Know Your Genes - PopTech|
Geneticist George Church believes that genome sequencing can bring us closer to personalized medicine. Several years ago, Church launched the Personal Genome Project, a public database that connects genes to diseases as well as physical and biological characteristics. 100,000 volunteers are expected to contribute by 2010.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Medicine; Crowdsourcing; PopTech 2009; Biology; Community
|Matthew Berg: Mobiles for Health - PopTech|
Matt Berg helped create and pilot ChildCount+, a mobile-phone-based health platform that empowers communities in Africa to improve child and maternal health. Matt also trains local programmers at the Rural Technology Lab, with a goal to advance the health of millions while decentralizing the software development process.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Mobile; Africa; Technology; PopTech 2010; Youth; Community; Women
|Chris Jordan: Polluting Plastics - PopTech|
Photographer Chris Jordan specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. In one of the most emotional presentations at PopTech 2009, Jordan shares heart-wrenching images of birds killed by ingesting plastics that increasingly pollute our oceans.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Ecology; Art; PopTech 2009; Sustainability
|Pieter Hoff's Groasis waterboxx - PopTech|
Dutch bulb grower, Pieter Hoff has an idea about how to make deserts bloom: capture the humidity in the air, store it in a box, and use that condensation to water plants. He calls this box the Groasis waterboxx and he thinks it can change how we feed the world and reduce greenhouse gases.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; PopTech 2010; Ecology; Green; Sustainability; Water; Innovation
|Josh Nesbit: Mobile Healthcare - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Josh Nesbit co-founded Medic Mobile to bring the innovative use of mobile phones for healthcare to the developing world. A central clinic laptop runs FrontlineSMS software, enabling community health workers to use text messages to coordinate patient care, offer mobile diagnostics, and map health services.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Health; Africa; Mapping; Fellows; Mobile; Community; PopTech 2009; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; Medicine
|Michael Blum: Failure and Resiliency - PopTech|
Tulane ecology professor Michael Blum has been at the front lines of the Gulf coast oil spill response and clean-up efforts. In his PopTech talk, he analyzed the operational, organizational and technological failures that led to the accident as well as the community's resiliency in its rebuilding efforts.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Water; Ocean; PopTech 2010; Resilience; Ecology
|Larry Smith's Six Word Project - PopTech|
Larry Smith wants to know your story. Since 2006, Smith has undertaken the Six-Word Memoir Project inviting his Smith Magazine readers to tell their live stories in just six words. His six-word memoir project can now be found in classrooms, boardrooms, hospitals, churches, speed-dating sessions, and at live six-word "slams" across the world.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Language; Culture; PopTech 2010
|Unity Dow: Rethinking Africa - PopTech|
Unity Dow, a lawyer, high court justice in Botswana and novelist, describes seismic generational shifts between pre- and post-independence Africans. She asks how the identity shifts of the next generation will change the dynamics of the world stage and what that means for Americans, many of whom are working with outdated paradigms in a world rebalancing.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; PopTech 2011; Business
|Katy Payne: Elephant songs - PopTech|
Animal communication researcher Katy Payne has been studying the sounds of African elephants and humpback whales for decades. Her research has led her to fascinating conclusions on how acoustic phenomena shape relationships and communities. In1999, Payne founded the Elephant Listening Project to monitor elephants' movements.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Environment; Africa; PopTech 2009; Science; Biology
|Reihan Salam: New Conservatism - PopTech|
Reihan Salam, a New America Foundation fellow, writes on politics, culture, and technology. At PopTech 2009, Salam argues that America's growing diversity, divided by massive inequalities, will lead the country to increasing social conservatism. Salam also co-authored Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Society; Politics; Economics; Culture; PopTech 2009
|Ben Lyon: Mobile Microcredit - PopTech|
Ben Lyon founded FrontlineSMS:Credit to allow microfinance institutions to send and receive secure loan payments, track loans and develop a micro-insurance model using the ubiquitous mobile phone.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Business; Fellows; Social Innovation Fellows 2010; Development; Finance; PopTech 2010; BoP; Mobile; Microfinance
|Emily Pilloton: Design for Change - PopTech|
2009 PopTech Fellow Emily Pilloton founded Project H Design to mobilize innovative product design for social good. In its first year, the organization built a community of more than 300 designers and launched more than 20 projects in 6 countries. These initiatives include water transport solutions and designs for foster care therapy.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; Technology; Fellows; Social Innovation; Social Innovation Fellows 2009; PopTech 2009; Architecture
|Logan Richardson: Improvisations - PopTech|
Logan Richardson's alto saxophone compositions have been hailed by the Jazz Times as "incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes." At PopTech 2009, Richardson's improvisations muse on America at a critical crossroads.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2009; Culture
|Nithya Ramanathan: Nexleaf Analytics - PopTech|
Nithya Ramanathan's organization NexLeaf Analytics couples everyday objects like cell phones with sophisticated analytics to improve projects' impact. In one example, Nexleaf tracked seabirds' sounds on a distant island, and by processing the recordings with powerful servers, helped scientists better gauge the seabirds' risk of extinction.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; PopTech 2011; Science; Sustainability; Design; Engineering; Social Innovation Fellows 2011; Social Innovation Fellows; Emerging Tech
|Katherine J. Kuchenbecker: Haptic interfaces - PopTech|
Katherine J. Kuchenbecker studies how humans process tactile stimuli. Through her work, she is able to design haptic interfaces, virtual objects and distant environments that feel real to the human touch. Her work aids in everything from creating more immersive environments for surgeons to designing tablet computers with surfaces that simulate reality.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; PopTech 2011; Robotics; Design; Science Fellows; Science Fellows 2011; Emerging Technology
|Justin Gallivan: Hacking Bacteria - PopTech|
Justin Gallivan is an Emory University chemist who explores the boundaries of biology by engineering bacteria to behave in predictable ways. Gallivan's research on reprogrammable bacteria has important implications for complex challenges such as the need to track and clean up environmental pollutants.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Science; Biology; Living Systems DC Salon 2010; Engineering; Environment; Funny
|Anthony Doerr: Butterflies - PopTech|
Fiction writer and memoirist Anthony Doerr is the author of three books: The Shell Collector, About Grace, and Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World. In this moving story, the award-winning writer shares a chance encounter between migrants in western Wyoming.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Entertainment; Environment; Literature; Science; Geography; PopTech 2009
|Dava Newman: A better built space suit - PopTech|
MIT aeronautics professor and engineer Dava Newman is on a quest to create the best space suit in (intergalactic) town. She introduces some of her favorites designs, including a mobility-enhancing "Bio-Suit" created to protect astronauts from atmospheres and healthcare workers from germs.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Design; PopTech 2011; Space; Engineering; Emerging Tech
|Nick Bilton: Smart Content - PopTech|
Nick Bilton, Lead Technology Reporter for The New York Times "Bits" blog, says that digital media has resulted in a "new form of storytelling." Bilton, who is also a designer and user interface specialist, is co-founder of NYC Resistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn, and is currently writing a book called, I Live in the Future: & Here's How It Works.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Technology; Design; Journalism; Visualization; PopTech 2009; Data
|Shorts: Zeb and Haniya in the park - PopTech|
Zeb and Haniya, a singer-songwriter duo from Lahore, Pakistan and PopTech 2011 performers perform in the Camden Village Green.
Keywords: PopTech; PopCasts; Music; PopTech 2011; Culture; Shorts; PopTech 2011 shorts; Business; Design